The Fairfax School System Has a Long List of Ongoing Renovation/Expansion Projects | news/fairfax

Most students and teachers took the summer off, but Fairfax County Public Schools were busy with their usual order of renovations and school additions.

Improvements are currently underway at these schools in the Sun Gazette Reading Area:

• Dunn Loring Elementary is in the planning and design phase of a renovation and expansion project of approximately 118,000 square feet of space. Samaha is serving as the architectural firm for this phase of the project, which is funded through 2021 bonds. FCPS officials have not chosen a contractor or released an estimated completion date for the upgrades.

• Louise Archer Elementary in Vienna is in the permitting phase of an addition and renovation initiative for approximately 104,000 square feet of space at the school, including classrooms, administrative offices, a library and site improvements. The school system’s 2019 bond paid for the planning of the project and the 2021 bond will fund its construction, which is expected to be completed by winter 2024-25. The project architect is Architecture Inc.; no contractor was selected.

• Mosaic (formerly Mosby Woods) Elementary in Oakton is in the design phase for an addition and renovation covering approximately 122,000 square feet of space, including classrooms, gymnasium, site improvements and expansion of the administration area and the kitchen/cafeteria. Planning will be funded through the 2019 school bond and construction through the 2021 bond. Perkins Eastman is the architect and FCPS has yet to select a contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed by spring 2025 .

• Cooper Middle in McLean is undergoing renovations and additions totaling approximately 179,000 square feet. The project, designed by Perkins Eastman and built by Keller Brothers Inc., includes classrooms, a library, administrative offices and site improvements, including a parking lot. FCPS estimates that the project, funded with 2015 and 2019 bonds, will be completed in the fall of 2023.

• Kilmer Middle in the Vienna area received an 11,800 square foot modular building with 10 classrooms, which will complement the existing 194,855 square foot facility. The school system was the architect and Cooper Building Services LLC the contractor for the building, which was funded by the 2019 bond.

• James Madison High School in Vienna is undergoing an approximately 64,000 square foot expansion that will include science classrooms and a library. Hord Coplan Macht was the architect and Meridian is the contractor for the initiative, which is funded by 2017 and 2019 bonds. Work is expected to be completed this fall, FCPS officials said.

• The massive Oakton High School renovation and addition project is also expected to be completed this fall. The undertaking, which will cover approximately 409,700 square feet, will include the addition of science classrooms, administrative offices, a library, music rooms and site improvements including parking. Funded by 2013 and 2017 bonds, the project was designed by architectural firm Perkins Eastman and built by Henley Construction Co. Inc.

This summer, the school system also has capital improvement projects underway in Armstrong, Bonnie Brae, Braddock, Bren Mar Park, Brookfield, Crossfield, Dranesville, Fox Mill, Herndon, Hybla Valley, Lees Corner, Oak Hill, Wakefield Forest, Washington. Mill and Willow Springs Elementary Schools; Frost College; and Centreville, Falls Church, Herndon, Justice, and West Potomac High Schools. Additionally, FCPS is conducting a feasibility study for Clifton Elementary School.

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Jeremy S. McLain